Citizens' Police Academy

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Our Citizens’ Police Academy is one of our most popular programs. It teaches you about the structure and activities of our department and gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with officers. You will learn about:

  • Patrol procedures

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)

  • Investigations

  • Traffic enforcement

  • K9 and tactical units

  • Firearms and Use of Force

  • School Resource Unit

  • Tour of the Adult Detention Center in Olathe. *Tours are facilitated by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office and subject to their availability.

There is no cost to attend. 

Dates and Location

Our 12-week Citizens Police Academy runs twice a year, beginning each January and September. This class is held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lenexa Police Department, 12500 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS 66215.

Our winter 2024 class, which begins January 10, is full. Applications will be put on a waitlist to attend. Any applicants not selected for this class will have the option to attend our fall 2024 class.   

 Apply for the Citizens' Police Academy


You must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Lenexa and have no significant criminal record. We will conduct criminal history background checks on each participant. The Chief of Police will make the final decision about the suitability of your participation. Applicants who do not live or work in Lenexa will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Automatic disqualifiers

You may not participate in the Citizens’ Police Academy if your past includes any of the following: 

  • Conviction of a felony or an offense that constitutes a felony in Kansas or the United States

  • Conviction of a Class A or B misdemeanor in the past five years

  • Conviction of any crime of a sexual nature

  • Dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces

  • Exhibiting conduct that disrupts, diminishes or jeopardizes public trust in the Lenexa Police Department.

Contact Information

Master Police Officer Danny Chavez, [email protected], 913.825.8040